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White phosphorus glows in the dark when exposed to damp air in a process known as chemiluminescence.White phosphorous is a highly reactive element, which is spontaneously oxidized in the presence of air. It can, however, be stored under water.
 It reacts vigorously with water and water-containing substances.
Oxygen------White phosphorus glows in the dark when exposed to damp air in a process known as chemiluminescence.Burning phosphorus with sufficient oxygen results in the formation of P4O10.
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formula for tetra phosphorus decaoxide
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White phosphorus is made up of tetrahedral shaped P4 molecules with very strained (and weak) bonds.
P4 reacts with oxygen to make a white solid containing P4O10 molecules, which confusingly is called "phosphorus pentoxide"
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